In order not to overload you, we've decided to split our Best and Worst of 2010 in many parts. That way, we can keep it short, but also really focus on the different categories :) So make sure to come back every day this week to find out what were our favorite and disappointing reads, series and authors of the year.
Today, we're starting with the two very popular romance genres: Historical and Contemporary. For each genre, we've listed our Top 3 reads of the year along with our Worst/Disappointing read.
1. Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer
2. Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas
3. Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran (I didn't review this one but I loved it!)
Worst/Disappointing - I have a few disappointing books in this category: Never a Bride by Amelia Grey, The Conquest by Jude Deveraux and All Night With a Rogue by Alexandra Hawkins
1. The Stranger I Married by Sylvia Day
2. Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught
3. Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley
Worst/Disappointing - All Night with a Rogue by Alexandra Hawkins
1. Passions of a Wicked Earl by Lorraine Heath
2. Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas
3. His Sinful Secret by Emma Wildes
Worst/Disappointing - Hmmm, I'm going to have to agree with the both of you that All Night with a Rogue didn't do much for me. Another disappointing read was A Christmas Waltz by Jane Goodger. I'm so used to her historical books being so poignant that this one didn't really live up to her previous works. Also, Suzanne Enoch and Victoria Alexander are two historical authors that I adore, but their current series The Adventurers' Club and The Harrington series respectively, are not doing much for me either.
Looking back over my books, I didn't read a lot of contemporary romance...I had a lot of B reads in this category but here are my A reads. :)
1. Something About You by Julie James
2. All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins
3. The Search by Nora Roberts
Worst/Disappointing - I had one DNF for contemporary romance and that was Dangerous by Diana Palmer.
1. Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl
2. Slow Heat by Jill Shalvis
3. The Girl Most Likely To... by Susan Donovan
Worst/Disappointing - Dear EFFING John by Nicholas Sparks...I got a lot of flack for not liking this book so I just wanna put out there that I think NS is an AMAZING author I just can't read his sad stuff all the time. I read to be happy! lol Like I told everyone though, I wanted to rip this book in half...and when the ending of the movie differed from the book I SERIOUSLY stood up in the theater during the show and woot'ed! lol
My Top 3 for this category is a bit weird. Oh, the three books are definitively my top reads, but the order doesn't follow the grades I gave them ^_^; It just didn't feel right, so I put them the way I thought felt right.
1. Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery
2. The Search by Nora Roberts
3. Somewhere Along the Way by Jodi Thomas
Worst/Disappointing - Mad, Bad and Blond by Cathie Linz. This author is just not doing it for me; however, her covers and blurbs always make me pick up her books. Good marketing, I guess :P Two other books that were real bummers for me were Hot Finish by Erin McCarthy and Lois Lane Tells All by Karen Hawkins. I was really looking forward to Suzanne and Ryder's story, but the story of Hot Finish did not do justice to these two characters. As for Lois Lane Tells All, it was simply bland and did not live up to the first book of the series, Talk of the Town, which was quite fun.
Nath: Surprisingly, considering how much I love contemporary romance, choosing a Top 3 was difficult. There wasn't really any books this year that made me go "Wow" or made me urge other people to read.
Ames: I have to second that statement. I read too many other genres to really focus on contemp romance in 2010. Hopefully that will change in 2011.
Monroe: At least yall can remember everything you've read...me on the other hand never can...but Im keeping better track now (plus I have you two to remind me ;p). I read a ton of paranormal this past year so I hope to read more contemps AND historicals...they always seem to fall off my radar when paras are in the picture! ;)
Nath: LOL, Monroe, I think it's because you're in your paranormal phase... it'll fade, unfortunately ^_^;
I do hope there will more contemporary romances in 2011, and better ones too! I think the genre needs to be invigorated and priorities, re-focused. Focus on the characters and the romances and try to avoid mysteries, intrigues and murders. Oh oh, Ames... what does that make The Search? Contemporary romance or romantic suspense?!?
Ames: I know it's labeled everywhere as Rom Suspense but that aspect of The Search seemed kind of minimal compared to everything else that went on in this book. So I'm putting it there, because I said so. LOL
Nath: LOL, well looking back at my tag, I labeled The Search as contemporary too. In any case, if it wasn't The Search out there, it'd be another NR :) In my opinion, NR deserves to be in my Top 3 for the numbers of books she wrote and the quality of them LOL.
Monroe: Nath, I'm upset you didn't like Hot Finish by Erin McCarthy! I loved that book! ;p lol But then again you and I always seem to differ on our taste...and also Im the softy in the group!Im now curious as to how Ill like Susan Mallery's Almost Perfect book lol I just bought the first 3 books.
Nath: LOL, we do seem to have different tastes, Monroe. Perhaps it's because you're just starting to read romances... As for Hot Finish, well I think it was a matter of expectations. The book was definitively very sexy, but the conflict...
What about you? What were your favorites and duds? Anyone with similar Top 3?